I absolutely loved hosting my registry on babylist. it was a one stop shop for family & friends to check & see what items I needed, regardless of where the item was from. since some items are available on different stores for purchase, babylist lists all options with that store's price. you can simply add a "add to babylist" button on your browser bar & have a quick way to add items when you come across them. it is easy to categorize items & filter through what's been purchased, by store availability, etc. best of all, it solicits information from gifters asking for their name, email, store purchased & order number so i had a live "thank you" list to leverage later on for my thank you cards. another fun perk is the rewards they offer -- they provide discount codes from different stores & sites for your use. i also downloaded the app, simple & easy to use! click the babylist at the bottom of this post to get started!
excuse me while i continue to swoooooon over my own baby shower. i was so blessed by my sister, pegah, & sweet friends, delbarr & mandy, hosting the loveliest shower back in late november. from the black, white & emerald palette to the watercolor onesie & bib station to the insanely gorgeous florals (anemones are one of my favorites!), everything was picture perfect. so thankful for all my friends & family that came & showered me & baby b! details provided below.
WEEK + DAY: week 35 day 0
WEIGHT GAIN: 25 pounds! curious how much he weighs. will find out at our next appointment!
SYMPTOMS: sciatica is still keeping me up at night. I'm officially at the point where it's uncomfortable to sleep & not being able to breathe well isn't helping either. on the bright side, my swelling is under control & i'm still wearing my wedding rings :)
FOOD CRAVINGS: anything sounds good at this point lol. trying really hard to keep things under control!
FOOD AVERSIONS: nada.
EXERCISE: trying to give myself some grace, but it's been so hard making an effort to go to the gym. if i make it 3-4x a week, i'm happy! walking at a 5.0 incline // 3.0 speed for 45-60 min. light weight training includes stability ball exercises such as push-ups & pelvic tilts.
NEW DISCOVERY: yikes, nothing to report on.
FAVORITE BABY PURCHASES: my checklist is dwindling down. still have a few things from my registry that I need to buy, but they can wait until later...also we are slowly running out of storage in the nursery, ha!
FAVORITE MAMA PURCHASES: been researching postnatal belly bands & have decided to go with the bamboo Belly Bandit. have heard from multiple sources this is a great way to kick start getting things back into place. looking forward to seeing how quickly it helps. it's all packed & ready in my hospital bag -- will share my personal checklist soon :)
hope you had a wonderful christmas! (left) us at the SF ballet for the nutcracker with family (middle & right) i turned my cravings into gifts making sea salt dark chocolate bark with almonds, hazelnut & figs. had fun with simple packaging. so easy & fun!
WEEK + DAY: week 33 day 0
WEIGHT GAIN: 23 pounds!
SYMPTOMS: sciatica is starting to keep me up at night. my belly just feels heavier & heavier as the day passes. i purchased a maternity belt & it actually provides some relief. had some issues with congestion & breathing but the crane humidifier has helped immensely!
FOOD CRAVINGS: still sweets. lawd have mercy. trying to curb my overindulgence tendencies with healthier options during the week. honey nut cheerios or dates have done the trick. as well as sprinkling cinnamon on a cut up honey crisp apple & baking for 10 min. makes me feel like im having pie ;) but definitely still having my share of not-so-good-for-you desserts. still craving milk so been having cereal for dinner multiple times throughout the week...by cereal i mean mixing & matching different flavors to create my own melange.
FOOD AVERSIONS: no specific thing to call out...hallelu!
EXERCISE: definitely moving even slower these days. if im not tired or have achy pain, i head to the gym & walk for 2-3 miles. i still do some light body-weight exercises like push ups & pelvic tilts on the stability ball.
LESSONS LEARNED: we had our labor & birth class this past week. our instructor made us participate in the "ice" exercise where you hold a few cubes of ice in your hand for a minute -- the length of an active labor contraction. the first time was hard! then we walked through breathing techniques, movement, partner massages, etc all while holding ice for a minute at a time. it was actually pretty amazing to see how you can mentally focus away from the pain. good exercise to try at home.
FAVORITE BABY PURCHASES: can baby clothes shopping be an addiction? i cant stop. found some adorable & affordable purchases from old navy baby...who would of thought! a few items are below...altogether cost less than $40.